Peter Leckie and Mick Wright of the Cowichan Pipes & Drums were up before the crack of dawn in Lake Cowichan on Remembrance Day.
They arose early, garbed themselves in full regalia, took their bagpipes and, on the frozen lawn of the Lake Cowichan Branch 210 of the Royal Canadian Legion, they joined pipers from around the world in celebrating the end of the First World War, known as The Great War and The War to End All Wars, by playing ‘The Battle’s O’er’ at 6 a.m.
Yes. It was 6 a.m. And it was freezing. The small group that were there for the event all commented on how terrible it must have been for the soldiers stuck in the waterlogged and then frozen trenches during those grim days between 1914 and 1918.